Title: Sixteen Trees of the Somme, The
Authors: Mytting, Lars
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 403
Year: 2017
Language: English
Description: When Edvard Hirifjell is orphaned as a young boy in 1971, his grandfather steps into the breach and raises Edvard. Now, two decades later with Sverre's death, Edvard is primed and ready to embrace the mystery of his family history, particularly the circumstances of his parents' deaths. His quest, complete with puzzles and clues, will take him from his home in Norway to the Shetlands and the battlefields of WW1, ultimately delivering an unusual inheritance.

Spanning a century and intricately woven through with a love of wood, this is a complex story of family, divided loyalties, and a search for truth.
Categories: Fiction, Family Saga, Historical, Mystery, Relationships, Tragedy/disaster, Scotland, France, 2019 Titles, Norway


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By: HAMIL 029 2019-03-07 09:57:21
We all enjoyed The Sixteen Trees on the Somme.It is a more demanding read than might be expected for what is basically an adventure/mystery story. The plot has many fine threads, and it is small pieces of information that ultimately fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. The characters are interesting, and the novel cleverly deals with two world wars, a present time setting in the 1990s, and three major physical settings. We all loved the sections set in the Shetland Islands - Mytting evokes the isolation and desolation of the islands brilliantly. The role of wood in the plot is intriguing ...

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